When I became 9 years old my parents gave me a puzzle lock on my birthday. Richard also creates personalized items such as miniature wooden portrait boxes, initial boxes, custom nameplates, wood desk accessories and exotic home wood decor all of which make perfect gifts for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. While I don’t have any direct knowledge of making Hellraiser-esque puzzle boxes, I can make at least one suggestion about the general class of problem. Very quickly you’ll find that the hints of the first puzzle are present here, however it certainly doesn’t act the same way. The elaborate wood mosaic is called yoseki, a craft practiced for centuries in Japan.

In any decent puzzle placing figuring out where individual pieces fit in the larger picture is challenging. Your first challenge is the padlock on the front of the box, and as you’d expect from a puzzle, the small metal tag held in the shackle doesn’t contain the code you need to open the lock. Here’s another beautiful bit of wooden puzzle design and craftsmanship from Denver metagrobologist Kagen Schaefer.

Brush it all over the top of your puzzle and it not only glues the pieces together, it gives the puzzle a nice, protective shine. After making a cube puzzle box, you can make anything that you like A cube with clock, thermometer and barometer, cute robots, an old TV or radio are some ideas. When Eric first offered these back in November of 2013, I had the choice of all three woods he’d made the puzzle in. From the choice of Birdseye Maple, Pink Ebony and Flame Maple, I opted for the Flame Maple. Typically, the wood will move the most going across the grain with the least amount of movement going with the grain.

Also, pictures should be on the box either way because I don’t want to work on a puzzle that doesn’t come together to make a picture I like to look at. I glue my puzzles together and put them on my wall, and I know other people do this too because they sell puzzle glue. Popular Woodworking just released this book on puzzle boxes It looks like they aimed it at people with Bandsaws, but you could probably get by with a scroll saw, or if you have infinite patience—a coping saw.

You can download some free plans for beginners, or if you have experience about making puzzle boxes you can buy more complex box plans for very low prices.. You can read also experiences of Brian Pletcher about making his first puzzle box. The first move is going to be fairly familiar for fans of the Japanese sliding puzzle box, but that’s where the similarity ends. Ost Japanese Personal Secret Boxes (Puzzle Boxes) have a variety of difficulties ranging from 4 to 66 moves. Start to finish I had the puzzle open in 10 minutes so it’s certainly not a puzzle which will have you stuck for weeks. The apprentice-made boxes are meant for the domestic Japanese tourist souvenir market.

Kagen’s Maze Burr won Puzzle of the Year (Puzzler’s Award and Grand Prize) in the 2006 IPP Design Competition This version was made by Tom Lensch, from East Indian Rosewood (the frame), Makore (the pin plates), and Maple (the maze plates). Once you make all of your sketches, look at each individual ring to make sure none of the designs are identical on the same ring.

The images that show the puzzle unfolded and partially assembled are a useful reference for orientation of each of the sides and positioning of the inner pieces with respect to the outer cube faces. About 100 years ago, the first master of Himisu-Bako (secret box) began making boxes, and with Yosegi-Zaiko inlaid into them, the boxes became colloquially known as Yosegi Boxes. To start of with, you’ll need to acquire quite a box and quite large number of components.